Registration opens for council’s garden waste collection service

Thursday January 9th 2020

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Written by Midlothian View reporter, Luke Jackson

Registration is now open for the council’s charged garden waste service. Residents wishing to start or maintain a kerbside garden waste collection service in 2020 should now register and pay online at
midlothian.gov.uk/garden-waste

Last year’s garden waste service operated very successfully with 99.7% of all collections being completed as scheduled. The council processed 18,516 garden bin collection requests in total, generating a net income of £591,178, which partially offset the costs of providing the service.

Collections begin again in mid-March and run till mid-November at a cost of £35 for the season. Households must register by 20 February to receive the full service.

Residents are encouraged to sign up early in the payment window, open from 6 January – 20 February, to avoid missing their first collection.

As part of the council’s ‘Digital by Design’ vision, payments for the service will once again be taken online via the council’s online payment portal.

For those who do not have access to the internet, assistance and advice is available at all council libraries through the provision of an ‘Assisted Online’ service. Last year, around 2000 residents visited their local library to get help to pay online.

Residents who do not want to pay for the service can take their garden waste to one of Midlothian’s Recycling Centres for free disposal, or compost as home.

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for waste services, Councillor John Hackett said:

“Our collection service is the easiest way to take care of your garden waste. The £35 cost covers fortnightly kerbside collections from March right through to November and works out at just £1.95 per collection.

“The service operated really well last year. Many thanks to everyone who signed up and we hope residents will continue to see value in the service and do the same again this year.”

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